Ask.com has relaunched all new “Ask Kids,” a homegrown, built from the ground-up, with own search technology. “We basically started from scratch and added search results and websites that pass our very strict test of what’s OK and what’s not OK. We had our editors contribute great kid’s sites and used that as a basis to teach our search algorithms what to look for. The result is what we believe to be the most comprehensive, kid-friendly search available today,” said Ask.com.
Ask Kids has a whole new look, with a completely customizable home page, take notes and doodle using the drawing tools, or pick out a few stickers to personalize your page with some cool images. In the left rail, you’ll find the ever-present search box as well as the newest home for Ask.com’s famous Zoom Related Search. Narrow your search, expand your search with related queries or check out related names. As you move across the page you’ll find a Smart Answer at the top of the center panel. You’ll get relevant information about your query without having to surf through any links. In the right panel we serve up additional content like images and current events. As you change your query, the right rail content changes as well.
Ask also added what they call the Schoolhouse, which provides learning resources, shortcut links, and reference sites for particular school subjects.
Finally, Ask Kids also gets a video search. They’ve got video content, great for school research, from dozens of safe video content providers like Animal Planet, BBC, Discovery, and PBS.